“Am I What You See?” Unaccompanied Afghans in the Swedish media and their integration prospects
Sammanfattning: This thesis deals with representation of unaccompanied Afghan immigrants in the Swedishmedia. In the post-2015 context, unaccompanied Afghans have gained tremendous mediaattention in Sweden. However, how do unaccompanied Afghans perceive and evaluate thesemedia images of themselves? How do these images impact their integration prospects in Sweden?In answering these questions, ten semi-structured qualitative interviews have been conducted.Using the cultural racism and intersectional perspectives, this thesis shows that unaccompaniedAfghans consider media images of themselves highly generalist, monolithic, problem-orientedand deficient. The findings also illustrate that the deficient media images adversely impactunaccompanied Afghans’ integration prospects by limiting their access to housing market,standing on the way of their inclusion in school, and worsening their mental health.
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